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Madama Butterfly

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Madama Butterfly

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House January 27 – March 28, 2015
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Tue 27.1.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 31.1.15
1:00 PM
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Thu 5.2.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 7.2.15
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Tue 10.2.15
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Sun 22.2.15
2:00 PM
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Wed 25.2.15
7:30 PM
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Fri 27.2.15
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Tue 3.3.15
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Thu 5.3.15
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Sat 7.3.15
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Thu 12.3.15
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Sat 14.3.15
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Wed 18.3.15
7:30 PM
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Thu 26.3.15
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Sat 28.3.15
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"Wood, stone, water, fire, air: the universe distilled into a harmonic equation. Inside is outside, boundaries are doorways... A breath of fresh air equals the wind. One woman's death equals all life..."

These are the words two young designers wrote as they described their vision for Madama Butterfly.

Russell Cohen and Peter England looked at Japan through Pinkerton's eyes, striving to capture the wonder and beauty that sparked a young US sailor's desire. "Our ambition was to convey this sense of discovery and exotica," they said. "When Pinkerton enters, he and the audience must be thrilled by this 'new world'."

The pair turned to Japanese traditions to create this world of beauty and passion.

Costumes of brilliant colour and fabrics that move sensuously, billowing in the performer's wake come from the traditions of Kabuki Theatre. From Noh Theatre, the striking spare wooden platforms and timber bridges, a floating world about a moat of water. From the traditions of Zen Buddhism, a commitment to restrained simplicity and a respect for the elements.

There are moments of breathtaking beauty in their use of wood, the movement of gossamer silks and the combination of water and flame. The Japan that Pinkerton sees is an ethereal, exotic world — fragile and beautiful, like the innocent Butterfly that he so desires.

After wowing us as Tosca last year, Alexia Voulgaridou returns as Butterfly, immediately before performing the role in London.

 

Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.

 

Conductor Gianluca Martinenghi
Anthony Legge
Director Moffatt Oxenbould
Set & Costume Designers

Peter England
Russell Cohen

Lighting Designer Robert Bryan
Rehearsal & Movement Director Matthew Barclay
   
Cio-Cio-San Alexia Voulgaridou (until 22 Feb)
Antoinette Halloran (25 Feb - 18 Mar) 
Hiromi Omura (19-28 Mar)
Pinkerton James Egglestone (until 18 Mar)
Diego Torre
Suzuki Sian Pendry
Sharpless Michael Honeyman (until 18 Mar)
Barry Ryan
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
Kate Pinkerton Jane Ede
The Bonze Jud Arthur
Yamadori Samuel Dundas
Commissioner Jonathan McCauley
Registrar Dean Bassett

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

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